Wednesday, September 17, 2014

youngster scrupulosity celebrate

Don't be a blueprint. Be an original. (Roy Acuff)

Started out by getting the OK on my shoulder healing from my ortho guy.  Good news, because the last thing I wanted to do was sign on for more rehab.  After that I ran errands and came home to a dog that isn't acting right-  he hasn't eaten all day and is very mopey.  I *think* he is missing his dad-  he follows him around like a three year old when he's in the house, then waits by the door when he's out.  Pitiful.  I've tried to keep him amused and busy but I'm just the fixture that knows where the food is.  Hope I can get him to eat tonight-  I made him some boiled chicken and broth.  Because I am a sap.  Tomorrow I'm looking at a whole day for the studio-  guess I'll have company if he's feeling pinky.

So folks, lets look at aht~~~  today's theme is animals!

Mexican artist Ricardo Solis illustrates animals being climbed over – and created – by Lilliputian figures. Gigantic zebras have their stripes airlifted onto their back by airship, flamingos have their color applied by paintball cannons, and pangolins have scales applied to number-assigned locations. In each image, the workers bring colorful reality to an incomplete chinese ink illustration

Created by artist Maico Akiba, these lumbering toy mammals, dinosaurs, and reptiles carry the burden of miniature worlds that seem to have sprouted from their backs. Akiba uses model making materials commonly used for train sets to build each scene which appear post-apocalyptic in nature. Johnny at Spoon & Tamago keenly observes that, in a way, they resemble a reverse Noah’s Ark.

OK, a bit over the top, but this is what I feel like today and I just couldn't 
find as expressive a squirrel!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

kaiser distinct trifluouride

Color Wheels?  Did somebody say COLOR WHEEL???  Here are mine... or you can just access them from the menu up there at the top.  Any time you need a color wheel, ANY color wheel, I'm there for ya, babe.

"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something 
not quite right about the mouth." (John Singer Sargent)

I found my future tombstone, just remind whoever might be in charge when the time comes:
Now that's sure something I can die for.  Maybe I can do my will on Tyvek to flap in the jaws of the clothespin forever and ever.  

I've been getting suggestions for toilets, for couches, for sprinkler systems, and for where to hang Christmas stockings (there are none!) since yesterday's contract signing.  Three people have offered their design services, and the ads are pouring in (HOW DO IT KNOW???)  TY has told me it's all my project, but vetoes half my ideas and second guesses the other half.  I can tell this is gonna drive me to a drink every night, better stock up on tequila I see.  Tonight is dinner with a friend who has recently gone through it all and might be of some assistance with my questions.  This is a daunting task ahead, and I've been told it's 'our last house'.  Well, no, that would be the funeral home I think.  This is our last LIVE house.

"The Water Tank Project" is a large scale public art initiative to draw attention to water as a precious resource by transforming 300 rooftop water tanks in New York City into original works of art. Filmmaker Mary Jordan, who came up with the idea for the project, sees the initiative as a chance to educate people about the global water issues. "Understand that we have to reduce our plastic waste, reduce our meat consumption and really conserve our water," she said.  Over 100 water tanks will be wrapped with art by acclaimed artists such as John Baldessari, Jeff Koons, Maya Lin, Andy Goldsworthy and even NYC public school students.

 For a photographer living in a major city filled with iconic architecture, museums, and myriad tourist destinations, the struggle to capture an authentic image is great. This was the exact situation photographer Michael Wolf found himself in after moving to Paris from Hong Kong in 2008. Surrounded in a city filled with sights that could easily be interpreted as cliché, Wolf pointed his camera away from the recognizable landmarks and instead focused on the dense rooftops surrounding the city. Packed with stout chimneys, tv antennas, graffiti, and numerous geometric forms, these shots present a strange abstracted view of a usually recognizable place.

Street artist Pejac (previously) was recently in Paris where he created at least three new works almost guaranteed to make you smile. The first appears to be a figure throwing a water balloon at a wall, but on closer inspection the giant splat contains a painting of Manet’s famous The Luncheon on the Grass. The second involves a pair of children who appear to be burning ants with a magnifying glass in a spot of sunlight, but once viewed close-up the tiny figures are revealed to be small people instead of insects. Lastly he made use of a thick wall crack to form the edge of a ghostly looking door. 

Kind of a shame to waste this nice horizontal image at the end of the blog when there's a perfect long banner spot over on my Facebook page.  Oh well, there are always more squirrels.

The Intrepid Ms. Donabed

Monday, September 15, 2014

taxonomic concomitant manifest

Building a professional relationship on respect as opposed to affection is a very good idea.  Running your art projects the way you'd run a dry-cleaning business is also a really good idea.  You shouldn't go into work like you're going on a date, like you're hanging out with friends.
Penn Jillette

One reason you need a good font and a good editor.

Had to go get blood work this morning and for the first time I had a woman who found my vein immediately-  in fact I didn't even realize she had filled a whole vial!  A few vials later I was able to leave like a drunk, bashing into walls.  But that's done for the next 6 months.  Tomorrow I get to go for my 6 month shoulder check-  hope everything is as OK as I think it is.  At least I can knit.  And move furniture.  

And today we signed the contract on the new house we're building!  Finally!  Of course that means I have a heap of work to do here to get it ready to put on the market asap.  So I'll always put a house picture where I'm whining about the build project and you can just skip right over it.  Because really, who cares?  So I start tomorrow hauling stuff to the studio to hide for the next year until it has a new home to move into.  Trouble there is that I have pretty much filled the studio with my art shit, so there isn't as much room as I really need to store stuff.  And that's where the moving furniture part comes in-  gotta start shifting stuff around and putting it near the big garage door so all I have to do is open it up for the truck when the time comes.  

But for now it's back to seeing some cool arty stuff.  I am slowing getting the files cleared out and gutting ready to start a new batch-  very exciting to start collecting things again!

Painted animal portraits-  look closely because they are painted on hands!

I found these sculptures a while ago and absolutely fell in love.  I love the juxtaposition of the rough natural wood against the geometric painting.  I love the subtle colors.  I want to touch them all!  

Jason Middlebrook’s wooden-plank paintings, inscribing nature with the abstract patterns it inspires, in an act of closeness akin to tracing, gilding, gifting. Stele-scale cuts primarily of maple, walnut, redwood, and elm, the fifteen works have long, lean edges that are sometimes smooth, sometimes craggy or crusted with bark. Framed by, and occasionally wrapping, those edges, handsome lines or angular shapes traverse the fissures, streaks, and tawny eddies within the sanded, waxed surfaces.  

Squirrel Fast Food

Sunday, September 14, 2014

hostler burrow alias

pretty good advice for whatever you need advice for!

Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth. (Julie Andrews)

There is this traditional Armenian 'pizza' called lahmajun that is quite delicious,very garlicky and spicy.  The meat kind has pounded lamb with spices and garlic on very thin soft crust.  There is also a vegetarian version, equally spicy I hear but I am always busy working my way through the meat lahmajun!  (There's a recipe HERE if you are so inclined and don't live near an Armenian or Turkish community!  My MIL will be turning in her grave that I mentioned it just may also be of Turkish origins.)  ANYway, my little grandson is trying out new foods daily and my SIL gave his mom some lahmajun the other day so she pulled off a few tiny pieces-

We don't think it's a hit.  Good thing-  Ill eat his.

I know, I know, he sure doesn't LOOK Armenian.  This generation is down to 1/8th.

Did I show you the busted mirror I got the other day?  I can't imagine how much bad luck this will bring-  still trying to figure out of its broken NOT in my possession even though it's being sent to me, if I am the recipient of all the luck-thing.  I choose not to accept it.  
Wish I had a use for broken mirror.  I'll keep the frame.

Speaking of mirrors, these guys sure need one-  taken from an odd hairdo site, What were they thinking???

No further comment needed.

And the squirrel looks like me this late Sunday night, flattened and fattened.  Tomorrow is a big day, things to do hither and yon, so I best take my catalog and go to bed for now.